PH embassy checking if any Filipinos injured in US Capitol protests – Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) — Philippine envoys in the United States have been told to check on Filipinos there and see if any of them figured in the violent protests at Capitol Hill on Thursday morning (Manila time).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Department of Foreign Affairs instructed embassy units to monitor the situation closely.

"Ang importante lang ngayon ay masiguro na walang Pilipino po na mapapasama diyan sa gulo na 'yan. Inatasan naman po talaga ang ating mga embahada at ang ating consular office sa Washington, DC na mag-monitor at ibalita kaagad kung meron pong nasaktan or nadawit na mga Pilipino diyan," Roque said Thursday.

[Translation: What's important now is to ensure that no Filipino took part in that commotion. We have tasked our embassies and our consular office in Washington, DC to monitor and report immediately if a Filipino was injured or involved there.]

CNN International reported that four people died in the middle of the ruckus at Capitol Hill, where supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump broke into as Congress was set to confirm his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election.

A viral photo showed a person wearing a printed face mask carrying the American flag upside down and holding up a walis tambo (locally-made broom) in one hand. However, the identity or nationality of this person has not been confirmed.

American lawmakers went ducking for cover and evacuated to safe locations as rabid protesters breached Capitol security. The chaos erupted just two weeks ahead of Biden's scheduled inauguration.

Trump has repeatedly refused to accept the election result, falsely claiming that votes were stolen and tampered with.

The Duterte government hopes the dust will finally settle.

"Kampante po ang ating Secretary of Foreign Affairs na hindi naman po matitinag ang demokrasya diyan sa Amerika sa panandaliang pagkakagulong nakikita natin [Our Secretary of Foreign Affairs is confident that American democracy will not crumble under the weight of this momentary chaos that we are seeing]," Roque added.